Monthly Archives: February 2012

Machan’s Archives: Democracy & Liberty

Machan’s Archives: Democracy versus Liberty Tibor R. Machan Over the last several decades of American political life the idea of liberty has taken a back seat to that of democracy. Liberty involves human beings governing themselves, being sovereign citizens, while … Continue reading

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Machan’s Archives: Thanks to Technology (updated)

Machan’s Archives: Thanks for the technology (updated)! Tibor R. Machan In 1972 I bought a Volvo P1800 off the Chevy used car lot in Santa Barbara, California. I owned that car for 20 years and am still sad to have … Continue reading

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Essay on Faiths and Public Affairs

Faiths and Public Affairs Tibor R. Machan Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has made an impassioned pitch in favor of rejecting the famous doctrine of the separation of church and state. He made his position clear on the ABC-TV program, … Continue reading

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Column on A Prominent Pair of False Alternatives

A prominent Pair of False Alternatives Tibor R. Machan Jon Gertner, author of the forthcoming “The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation,”* writes for The New York Times (in an excerpt from his book), about … Continue reading

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Column on the Tenacity of Nihilists

The Tenacity of the Nihilists Tibor R. Machan In the book Reading Obama (Princeton, 2010), James T. Kloppenberg makes a case for how the kind of approach President Obama takes to public policy is now widely preferred, to put it … Continue reading

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Column on Egalitarian Fallacies Galore

Egalitarian Fallacies Galore! Tibor R. Machan I assume that writers like me want to be read, not ignored. But, alas, there isn’t much we can do about this except perhaps fine tune our craft. Even that merely improves the odds. … Continue reading

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Why Freedom?1 Tibor R. Machan Freedom Revived Few can deny that human beings care about liberty. There are, of course, different senses in which the term “liberty” is used. One sense of it means being without obstacles in life; another, … Continue reading

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Obamacare & Involuntary Servitude

Obamacare and Involuntary Servitude Tibor R. Machan However much one learns to squirm out of one’s inconsistencies, logic usually bites one in the butt. Of course, strictly speaking logic is the formal system that’s supposed to guide our reasoning process … Continue reading

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A note on corporations and coercion

Corporations, rationally conceived and implemented, cannot be coercive since the purchase of stocks cannot be forced upon anyone, not with the freedom of association of those who own stocks upheld in law. As noted already, only because nearly everything in … Continue reading

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Column on Why not Pessimism?

Why not Pessimism? Tibor R. Machan By most accounts there is little good news about any progress toward a freer society, quite the contrary.  Around the globe, of course, there are some regions that are making small moves away from … Continue reading

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